Vocational Education Journal

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 70, No. 3, March

Agri-Entrepreneurship Education: A Renewal
Entrepreneurship is emerging as a new priority in agricultural education. This renewal is embracing a new definition of entrepreneurship and new approaches to instruction. The traditional notion of entrepreneurship defined as "starting, owning and running...
Better Teaching: A Look Inward -- Critical Incidents in Teaching by David Tripp
Critical Incidents in Teaching by David Tripp Routledge, 1993 164 pp., $15.95 paperA teacher enters a noisy classroom and yells at some of the "ring leaders." Later, reflecting on her conduct and the students' reactions, she thinks of better ways to...
Beyond Testing
Recent national legislation has focused the spotlight on the need to ready young people for the real world of work and not some imagined end point beyond the doors of college. Goals 2000 and the School-to-Work Opportunities Act are two of the federal...
Body of Evidence
"When I'm considering a kid for a job, I want him to be able to show me some examples of his school work, so I can see what his writing and math are like," said the businessman. "If possible, I'd like to see a report on something he's done where he's...
Bret Lovejoy: The Right Stuff
A new executive director will lead the American Vocational Association into the 21st century. After a five-month, exhaustive search that included interviews with nine candidates, the AVA Board of Directors announced Bret Lovejoy as its choice at the...
Don't Let "School-to-Work" Swallow Tech Prep
Community college leaders across the nation need to focus their energy on proposals for program consolidation related to the Perkins Act reauthorization.The community college sector needs to be especially concerned over the growing talk of consolidating...
Front & Center
The ninth-grade girl's eyes opened wide as she stared in disbelief. "You mean I won't have to go on welfare?" she asked. "That I can do something else if I stay in school and study?"Comments like this one are not unusual in the working-class community...
NVATA: Choosing to Be the Best
In This InsiderThe central theme for articles comprising this Insider is "new directions." Each of the authors describes a new thrust that will contribute to the continued success of agricultural education in the future. Since the book Megatrends was...
One of Vo-Tech's Best and Brightest
Poised and confident, Joshua McKarcher took to the podium and addressed several hundred vocational-technical educators. With steady voice and strong gaze, he delivered a thoughtful, ten-minute presentation in which he urged the audience to make young...
Spotlight on Technology: Modular Labs
In September Denise Mariger greeted eighth graders at Nellie Coffman Middle School with a brand-new, computer-driven Exploring Technology course. By October she was ready to quit.Construction crews were supposed to have renovated former wood, metals...
Teaching Science and Math through Agriculture
A cooperative project been the Galena, Kansas, public schools, the University of Arkansas and the Abernathy Trust is using agriculture as a context from which to teach, reinforce and extend student understanding of science and mathematics. Abernathy...
The Push for Perkins Funding
For months AVA has been readying its position paper on the Perkins Act reauthorization. After input from members and polishing by the Legislative Committee at the December convention in Dallas, the paper has been finalized and sent to key Congressional...
The Test Makers
By 1990, Congress had concluded that prior calls for change had not spurred significant improvements in the quality of vocational education. Congress amended the Perkins Act to require states, within one year, to develop and implement systems of "core...
Three States Tackle School-to-Work Reform
In this InsiderEveryone's talking about the school-to-work issue--how it translates into policy and how we deal with it on the local level. We wanted this Insider to be not just a theoretical view of school-to-work but a practical look at what states...
Toward a National Workforce Development Policy
President Clinton has sent to Congress a fiscal year 1996 federal budget that calls for implementation of a Workforce Development Proposal. This proposal consists of a series of changes in existing laws, a consolidation of separate programs and a new...
Virginia County Endorses Work-Based Learning
The School Board of Fairfax County, a sprawling and affluent northern Virginia district with 140,000 students, has enthusiastically approved a plan to require all high school graduates to show they've had workplace experience. Under the plan, all students--including...
What the Numbers Really Mean
By fall 1993 most states had complied with 1990 Perkins Act requirements to develop systems of performance measures and standards for vocational education. The trouble is, almost a year and a half after implementation was supposed to begin, local use...